4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano

Today I’m sharing a Quesillo recipe, this is a Venezuelan dessert also called Caramel Flan (even though it’s not the same). It’s made with just 4 ingredients (5 if you count the vanilla) and it’s so crazy easy to make. Oh, and it tastes so absolutely good!

4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano

Quesillo Venezolano a 4-Ingredients Caramel Flan Recipe

In the Venezuelan holidays, there is a dessert that can not be missed in any Venezuelan party: the Quesillo (AKA Caramel Flan).

For Venezuelan people, the cake can never go alone! You should always have your perfect trio: a little piece of cake, little piece of jelly and little piece of quesillo; otherwise, it’s not a real Venezuelan party. LOL.

4-Ingredients Delicious Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano

But today, let’s stop at the quesillo for a minute; That delicious traditional dessert that is so fascinating for adults and children and that has a special place in the heart of all Venezuelans.

Venezuelan Quesillo (Caramel Flan) Fun Facts

Let’s start with some facts about the Venezuelan quesillo that you probably didn’t know:

  • Its preparation is of 100% Venezuelan origin and in its purest form is composed of: beaten eggs, condensed milk, vanilla essence, and liquid milk.
  • It should not be confused with normal flan since the quesillo is prepared with whole eggs and the normal flan only carries the yolks.
  • It is called “quesillo” (it’s like cheesy) because of the porosity of the dessert, which is reminiscent of the traditional holes of a cheese.
  • Tradition tells that in each house there is a unique quesillo and that none will resemble the previous one, either because there are those who put more ingredients or unique ingredients following a family recipe.

I learned to make it with my mom a few years ago. It is like any Caramel Flan but it tastes a bit different and some ingredients vary. It’s awesomely easy to make but it takes its time to cook.

How to make a 4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m partly Venezuelan even though I was born in Brazil. So, I thought about making some dishes and desserts that are traditional in Venezuela and that I use to make a lot.

Want to know how?… here we go…


  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Whole milk (I use the same can as the condensed milk)
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract *optional.
  • A metallic recipient with lid (like a cookie can)

How to make a Quesillo (Venezuelan Caramel Flan):

Pour the condensed milk in a bowl

Quesillo Caramel Flan preparation.

Then fill the same can with whole milk and pour it into the condensed milk

Add the eggs and mix it (with a whisk, blender, mini pinner, etc) very well.

Caramel Flan (quesillo) mixture

Leave it aside.

For the caramel, in a small pot place the sugar over low heat.

Leave it until it starts melting. It will make some crumbs at some point but in the end, it will be liquid.

Caramel Flan (venezuela quesillo) caramel preparation.

 When it is completely melted, immediately pour it in the metallic recipient. 

Spread it all over the recipient, on the sides too. Be careful because it is very hot.

Once it’s done, pour the mixture over the caramel.

Cover it with the lid.

Cook it on a double boiler. Place it in a big pot with a little water. Make sure the water doesn’t cover more than ¼ of the height of the metallic recipient (not the pot).

Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

You don’t need to check out the quesillo while is cooking but just keep an eye on the level of water.

When time is up, just wait until it’s warm, uncover it and place a plate instead of the lid and turn it over to unmold it.

And voilà… Readyyyyyy!

Because of the shape of my dish (I didn’t have a better one back then), it looked like it was going down in the center but it’s fine.

Serve and enjoy!!!!

4-Ingredients Deliciously easy Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano
4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano
4.93 from 13 votes

4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Venezuelan Quesillo.

This Quesillo recipe is a traditional Venezuelan dessert also called Caramel Flan (even though it's not the same). It's made with just 4 ingredients (5 if you count the vanilla) and it's so crazy easy to make. Oh, and it tastes so addictively good!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Venezuelan
Keyword Caramel flan, Easy Caramel Flan, Quesillo Venezolano, Venezuelan Caramel Flan, Venezuelan Quesillo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 108 kcal
Author Camila


  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 10 oz Whole Milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Sugar


  1. In a medium bowl mix Condensed milk, whole milk, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Mix well with a whisk. You could also use a blender. Set aside
  3. Pour your sugar into a saucepan and take it to simmer over low heat to make Caramel. It will start melting. Some crumbs will form but evenctually it will get liquid. Wait for it to be completely melted and get a beautiful amber color. Remove from heat.
  4. Immediately pour your caramel in your cookie can, and start spreading the caramel all over. Be careful since it's really, really hot.
  5. Next, pour your milk mixture in the cookie can. Cover it with the lid.
  6. Cook it on bain-marie (double boiler) over medium heat for about 45 min. Use a big pot and put your cookie can inside, add in water to the big pot until it gets 1/4 of the can (not the pot). Cover the pot with its lid too.
  7. Past the 45 minutes, remove from heat and let it cool untill warm but not cool. You should be able to hold it with your hands and still feel it warm.
  8. Once it's warm, replace the can lid with a dish or cake stand and turn it over to unmold it.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add to the mixture, rum, if you like or lemon zest or any other flavor extract that you like. I love just vanilla and even without it, it tastes so good.

4-Ingredients Easy Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano

What do you think???? Yummmmy, isn’t it?

Let me know your thought below in the comments!

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Till Next time!

My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

63 Comments on " 4-Ingredients Caramel Flan or Quesillo Venezolano "

  1. Camila

    4 stars
    hi just wondering what this could be served with? like cream or fruit or custard or something?? love the recipe

    1. Camila

      Hi Sienna,
      Thank you so much for stopping by!
      This recipe is very sweet by itself so I don’t recommend adding anything else that is sweet. In our country, we usually have the quesillo alone, it’s by itself a dessert that diesn’t need a companion. However in birthday parties is part of a weird trio: the cake, hello and the quesillo LOL. That is for sure a sugar rush. I have never tried serving with fruit so that would be something to try!
      Hope this helps!

  2. Camila

    Such a great recipe! I followed the recipe to make it yesterday. So yummy!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that!

  3. Camila

    5 stars
    Thank you for saving me at every holiday gathering!!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much for your kind words, So glad you like this recipe!!!
      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Camila

    5 stars
    This recipe was so good! Very sweet and rich. It was fairly simple, as the hardest part was just melting the sugar. Loved it a lot!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much for your feedback and I am glad you liked it!

  5. Camila

    5 stars
    Thank you so much! I am married to a Venezuelan, your recipes have been saving me at every holiday gathering especially this one, it is the timeless favorite. Thank you for saving me at every holiday gathering!!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much Felipa! This comment made my day! I’m super happy that this recipe has been enjoyed at your home!
      Have a wonderful Holiday!!

  6. Camila

    5 stars
    Look so easy! I try it many times but it’s not turn out great like this. I will follow your recipe this time. Thank for sharing!

    1. Camila

      This is a super easy dessert! I’m sure you will love it!

  7. Camila

    5 stars
    I’ve never made a flan but after seeing your recipe I’m definitely questioning that!! It looks so good! And everyone loves caramel ?

    1. Camila

      Thank you so so much!!!!
      This recipe is soooo easy! I had to make it with a cookie can but if you have any flan pan, go for it LOL. I couldn’t find any at that time. But is So crazy easy to make LOL. Just be very careful with the caramel, it’s very very hot!
      Best of luck!

  8. Camila

    5 stars
    I’ve tried to make flan and failed on more than one occasion. This recipe was easy to follow and delicious. For the sugar I cooked on med-high heat and constantly stirred, and it turned into Carmel in exactly 7-10 min. I didn’t have a flan pan so I used an oven safe pot with an 8in radius and tightly secured the lid with aluminum foil and it worked out perfectly. Will definitely be making again.

    1. Camila

      I am absolutely thrilled to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing your experience making this recipe it’s so useful. I don’t have a flan pan either so I use cookie cans BUT your idea workd too. I’ll try that next time. Also, my mom uses those cute cake pans with the hole in the center (don’t remember the exact name) cover with foil and cook it in the oven also bouble boiler method. I haven’t tried it yet but it sure works for my mom.
      Thank you so much agan for stopping by and leaving your feedback. I so appreciate it!

      1. Camila

        It’s a Bundt pan you are referring to.

        1. Camila

          In this case, I used a cookie tin can, like those butterscotch cookies cans because in Venezuela we use special pans for quesillos called “quesilleras” that come with lids sealed very tight and when we don’t have one handy, cookie cans do the work LOL. I like them because the lids close well and since I’m making it in a bain-marie, water won’t go in. You could use a Bundt pan but you would need to be very careful with the level of the water so your flan doesn’t get damaged by water coming inside the bundt pan.
          If you have or can get your hands on any type of 5-7″ pan that can be sealed and used in bain-marie, you can definitely go for it.

          Hope this helps!

  9. Camila

    5 stars
    Wow… It’s look so delicious. I want try it. Thanks you for your recipe.

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      1. Camila

        What is the qty of sugar to be mixed with the ingredients. Is it 1/3rd cup used for caramel only n no sugar to be added.

        1. Camila

          Hey Saira,
          The sure is only for the caramel. The base of the flan is condensed milk so it’s sweet enough. If you add more sugar it will end up way too sweet. The caramel has an impact on the sweetness of the flan anyway.
          Hope this helps and clarifies!

  10. Camila

    Why aren’t there measurements?

    1. Camila

      Hi! So sorry about that there was a problem with the recipe card. It’s fixed now! Also thank you for letting me know!

  11. Camila

    5 stars
    Wow, I cant believe its only made of 4 ingredients, looks mouthwatering~

    1. Camila

      Yessss so easy to make and so so tasty!!!
      Thank you!!!

  12. Camila

    5 stars
    I love flan, but had never made my own. I tried this recipe and it was wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so so much Jessica!

  13. Camila

    Hi! I made this (from another recipe) for my husband’s family as quesillo was a traditional Christmas dessert. It turned out great but I have a question about unmolding. My recipe said to keep it in the fridge until ready to eat which was good but a lot of the sugar was a hard solid mass that remained stuck to the pan. Is this normal?

    1. Camila

      Hi Lousie,

      Glad you like quesillo, it’s one of our very favorite dessert ever. So as for your question I’ll talk from my own experience which might not be everyone’s technique. I never put my quesillo in the fridge before unmold it. The reason is exactly what you described. Caramel harden and you will never be able to unmold it without breaking it. What I do is waiting until is warm (almost room temperature) and unmold it. At this point the caramel should still be liquid and come out with the quesillo. There is always a risk of braking it because it all depends on the cooking time, the amount of liquid vs eggs, etc but I’m pretty sure if the quesillo is firm enough will handle the unmolding process. Also make sure your pan is not too tall compared to the amount of quesillo mixture, this reduces the chances of braking it. Hope I made sense and can help you make another delicious quesillo.

      Thanks for stopping by

  14. Camila

    Soy venezolana y hago el quesillo igual que tu, solo que como decia la compatriota, lo dejo enfriar en la lata y lo meto a la nevera por al menos 4 horas antes de voltearlo al plato. Gracias por compartir la receta para los que no la conocen. Nadie se puede perder de nuestro delicioso quesillo ;-)

    1. Camila

      Hola Patricia! Que encanto que pasaras y me dejaras tu comentario. La verdad es que nunca he esperado tanto. Siempre me ha dado como miedito que el caramelo se endurezca mucho en algunas partes y me rompa el quesillo. Lo voy a intentar pues quiero hacerlo de nuevo y actualizar las fotos. Estas son de mis primeras fotos y la verdad es que les falta jajaja.
      Gracias por tu aporte, me encanta!!!
      Tambien tienes razon en una cosa, me encanta compartir en el blog nuestros sabores. Tambien tengo raices brasileras asi que de cuando en cuando tambien saco algo del baul! El quesillo es uni de mis favoritos y la verdad es que nadie debe quedarse sin probarlo!
      De nuevo muchisimas gracias por pasar por aca!

  15. Camila

    HELP!! I want to make this, this weekend but I dont have a cookie tin like this anymore what can I use?? Will a deep cake pan with foil on top work??

    1. Camila

      Hi Kathy, So glad you like it. Yes you could use cake pan and foil but you need to make super sure that water can not come in into the pan because it would screw it up! I have never done it like that but I guess if it’s sealed it should be fine. Let me know how it goes!

  16. Camila

    Hi, I’m full Venezuelan we make the recipe just like you do, but after we let it cook on the stove we leave it in the can and put it in the fridge, it makes it a little harder so that it looks just like a cheese, thats why its called a quesillo. Just a tip :)

  17. Camila

    I love learning about traditional dishes… this looks really delicious. Pinned thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

    1. Camila

      Glad you like it Diane… It is yummy indeed! =D Thanks so much for your sweet visit!

  18. Camila

    This looks delicious! I’m so happy to have discovered your blog… I grew up in Brazil, and love South American flavors.

    1. Camila

      Hi MB, So glad you found me! I was born in Brazil =D but lived most of my life in Venezuela! I do love South American flavors too. I miss them so much! Thanks so much for your sweet and lovely visit!

  19. Camila

    So delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays!

    1. Camila

      Thanks Jamie! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Kathy, glad you like it! Have a lovely day!

  20. Camila

    En puerto Rico se le dice flan de leche me gusto con una Lara de galleta

    1. Camila

      Hola Evelyn, creo que si habia oido ese nombre, tengo familia colombiana y alla le dicen leche asada jajaja, tantos nombres pero igual de delicioso cierto??? Lo de la lata pues improvisación pues no tenia lo que en Venezuela llaman quesillera. Pero la lata funciona bien =D Gracias por tomarte el tiempo de visitar y dejar un cariñito en comentarios!

  21. Camila

    This is really something super unique
    I LOVE it
    Thank you for the tutorial, I’ saving it

    1. Camila

      Coming from you I’ll take it as a huge compliment! Thanks so much! =D Glad to have you visiting!

  22. Camila

    Oh my, that looks good! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

    1. Camila

      Thanks Gaye! I’m so happy you like it!… It’s really delicious!!!

  23. Camila

    This looks fantastic … I love how it is cooked. It’s like magic how it turns out so pretty. Pinning this one. Thanks for the wonderful recipe :)

    1. Camila

      Thanks Ann! your so sweet! I appreciate the lovely comment!

  24. Camila

    Mmm… I want to eat this now! What an interesting recipe- I can’t wait to try it out! Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at Much Ado About Monday. :)

    ~Emily @ Huckleberry Love

    1. Camila

      Yayyyy thanks, so glad you like it! You should definitely try it… you will love it!

  25. Camila


    1. Camila

      Imaginate si me voy a olvidar de el. Es uno de mis favoritos! Creo que en Colombia se llama leche asada cierto? Me encanta y se prepara en casa con Bastante frecuencia! Es mas ya me antoje y quiero hacer uno jajajaja! Gracias a ti por visitarme y dejarme un cariñito en el blog!

  26. Camila

    Oh my! These certainly look tasty! :)

  27. Camila

    Please tell me you ship these? I am going to attempt this…if it looks half as pretty as yours, I will call it a success! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Follow Along and making me HUNGRY :)

  28. Camila

    me encanta que lo haces en el gas y no al horno! amo el quesillo :-)

  29. Camila

    We make flan, but I may give this a try next time. It looks terrific! Stopped by from the TGIF Blog Party and I’m following you on Twitter :) Have a great weekend!
    Lydia from http://www.lydiasflexitariankitchen.com

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